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Professor Peter Rowe

Formerly at Lancaster University

Peter Rowe

PhD supervision

International Humanitarian Law (Law of Armed Conflict or Laws of War)

Human Rights relating to Armed Forces

Comparative Military law

Research Interests

Career Details

Professor Emeritus (2014). He has also taught at the University of Liverpool and was Professor and Head of the Department of Law there from 1988-93. He was the founding Director of the Cayman Islands Law School. He has been chairman of the U.K. Group of the International Society for Military Law and the Laws of War. He was the Inaugural Sir Ninian Stephen Visiting Scholar at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military law, Faculty of Laws, University of Melbourne (June/July 2003). He has given oral evidence to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee and to the House of Lords Constitution Committee and written evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. His main research interests lie in the fields of military law and the international laws of war and the relationship between them. His latest books are Legal Accountability and Britain's Wars 2000-2015 (2016, Routledge) and The Impact of Human Rights Law on Armed Forces (2006, Cambridge University Press). His publications (listed since 1997 only) are set out below. He has given papers in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, USA, Sweden, Germany, Holland, France, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Belgrade, Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman Islands. His speaking engagements (2008-11 only) see below.


Current Research

  • Human Rights Law and the Armed Forces.
  • Implementation of International Humanitarian Law into national law and military systems
  • World War One War Crimes Trials.


Speaking engagements 2008-11

 'United Nations Security Council Resolutions and National Law', invited speaker, research seminar, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast, 2 March 2011.

Presentation, International and European Human Rights Law; Extra-Territorial Effect', 5th Vienna Course on International Law for Military Legal Advisers, Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports, Vienna, 26 November 2010.

Guest Panelist, Harvard University live web seminar on 'Education and Armed Conflict: Development of New Norms?' 10 June 2010.

Presentation and discussion of relevant human rights standards, at Roundtable, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Armed Forces Personnel, 2010 (invited by OSCE/ODIHR).

The Law of Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, invited speaker at a transatlantic discussion by videoconference, connecting the Lauterpacht Centre, Cambridge University with the Pentagon, the State Department, US Naval War College and Fort Lewis in Washington State, Cambridge, 6 May 2010.

'Human Rights of Members of British Army', National Defence Academy of the UK, February 2010

Panelist, Imperial War Museum North, Public Debate on 'How Useful is the Current Definition of PoW in Terms of 21 century Conflict', 19 October 2009.

UNESCO conference on Protecting Education from Attack, Paris, September 2009, invited by the Office of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al -Missned of Qatar as speaker on 'The Application of International Humanitarian Law to Attacks on Education in Armed Conflict'.

'Some Causes of Military Misconduct during International Military Operations,' the Prosecutors' Office, Conference on European Convention on Human Rights and Law Enforcement Regarding the Use of Force in Military Operations', Arnhem, The Netherlands, 16 September 2009

Seminar, Increasing the Protection of Educational Systems during War and Insecurity, 'Keynote address', London, 24 June 2009.

European Parliament: Subcommittee on Security and Defence, Public Hearing, presentation on 'Illegal Orders and the Rights of Soldiers', Brussels, January 2009.

'Touching War' conference, 'Misconduct during Military Operations', Lancaster University, 2008

Panelist, BBC Radio 4, 'Misleading Evidence' programme, chaired by Clive Anderson, 2008.

Faculty of Law, University of Canterbury conference, 'Misconduct during Military Operations' Christchurch, New Zealand, 2008

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